Kirk edge closer to ti­tle as S&B win­less

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Sport - BY PAUL ED­WARDS

FORMBY’S re­cruit­ment of Aj­mal Shahzad paid im­me­di­ate div­i­dends on Satur­day when the former York­shire and Eng­land seamer took 3-22 in his side’s 73-run de­feat of New Brighton at Cricket Path.

How­ever, the in­clu­sion of Shahzad and an­other Test crick­eter, Haseeb Hameed, was not the only rea­son why Ian Cock­bain’s team notched the win that eased their rel­e­ga­tion anx­i­eties a lit­tle.

Sam Old­ham’s un­beaten 79 and Ol­lie Sut­ton’s 50 over­saw a re­cov­ery from 45-5 to 197-7 de­clared and that to­tal left Shahzad and Gary Keedy to go to work in the sec­ond half of the game. Keedy clinched his team’s win by tak­ing 5-16 as New Brighton were bowled out for 124 in 32.3 overs.

But Formby’s win left things at the bot­tom of the ECB Premier League ta­ble look­ing in­creas­ingly bleak for the South­port sides, both of whom lost their matches.

South­port and Birk­dale bat­ted 70 overs for 204-8 de­clared against Orm­skirk but the ti­tle favourites made light of the chal­lenge, tak­ing just 38.4 overs to knock off the runs and los­ing six wick­ets in the process. Gary Knight stroked 68 not out off 59 balls to over­come the ef­forts of S&B skip­per Chris Firth, who took 4-69.

Ear­lier Chris Brown­low had made 74 and Si­mon Ker­ri­gan had taken 4-70 from 30 overs for Orm­skirk, who now lead the ta­ble by 53 points.

A few miles away Ains­dale lost by 73 runs to Rain­hill, for whom Tyler McGlad­dery made 56 in his team’s im­pres­sive 236-8 de­clared. Ains­dale mus­tered 163 in re­ply, Dar­ren Tyms mak­ing 59 while Ak­shay Darekar took 4-42 for the vis­i­tors and Ryan Wil­liams re­turned fig­ures of 3-46.

North­ern re­main sec­ond in the top tier of the Liver­pool Gin Liver­pool Com- pe­ti­tion af­ter a Tom Seph­ton mas­ter­class was the high­light of their 74-run vic­tory at Wal­lasey. Half-cen­turies by James Cole and El­liott Bradley had seen the vis­i­tors make 187-9 de­clared in 55 overs and Seph­ton then took 8-53 in Wal­lasey’s 113 all out.

Fir­wood Boo­tle are now third in the ta­ble af­ter they de­mol­ished Leigh by 134 runs at Beech Walk. The in-form Vishal Tri­pathi made 98 and Michael Far­rell added 79 not out in Boo­tle’s223-3 de­clared, to which a home side lack­ing its county stars re­sponded with 89 all out, Chris Lip­trot tak­ing 4-30, in­clud­ing three in five balls, and Will Purser bag­ging 3-26.

Adam Cam­pion was the man of the match at Church Road, where Col­wyn Bay se­cured the seven-wicket win which hoisted them up to fourth in the ta­ble on Satur­day. Cam­pion took 4-12 as Lytham were dis­missed for 195 in 54.2 overs, Tay­lor Cor­nall mak­ing 52, and he then made the 20 points se­cures for the Welsh team with an in­nings of 64 not out.

Lytham had ear­lier lost their last five wick­ets for six runs, the de­pend­able Paul Jenk­ins pick­ing up 3-55.

How they stand: ECB Premier League: Orm­skirk 270 pts, North­ern 217, Boo­tle 213, Col­wyn Bay 196, Rain­hill 192, New Brighton 192, Leigh 162, Lytham 158, Wal­lasey 127, Formby 92, Ains­dale 75, South­port and Birk­dale 65.

Si­mon Ker­ri­gan played his part for Orm­skirk in their win over South­port and Birk­dale Si­mon Pen­drigh

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